Cake showcases are more than just refrigeration units; they should be looked at as one of the key elements in the success of bakeries and cafes. Their ability to preserve, display, and market delicate items make them invaluable assets for businesses that prioritise both the visual and culinary aspects of their offerings. They should not only meet the technical requirements of refrigeration but also serve as powerful tools for attracting customers and showcasing the best your business has to offer and are indispensable assets in the world of bakeries and cafes. These specialised refrigeration units are designed to not only preserve the freshness of delicate cakes, pastries, and desserts but also aid to beautifully showcase creations in the most appealling way possible. A good showcase shoud have clear transparent glass on all sides and well-lit interior to create an inviting stylish visual presentation that entices customers into more sales for the business. They can be one of the most essential components of the overall aesthetic appeal of the entire bakery or cafe. There is good reason some bakeries have and old school feel and some have a more sophisticated appeal, it often comes down to how they choose to present their goods and the style of the display they use.
While there are many different brands that manufacure cake fridges you will often find it hard to discern the differences between them on looks alone. Quality showcase fridges are one of the things you should never skimp on. They should be crafted with reliability and precision as a top priority. Qualty units will use proven trusted components like Embraco compressors, EDM fans and high quality materials such as double glazed (heated) tempered glass and 304 stainless steel finishes. It should be a vital consideration to businesses that relies on them as a major part of their income and they should never buy on the initial price consideration just because it’s cheaper and it looks similar to another brand. Don’t make your business one who reaslises too late that poor quality ends up costing the business much more in the long run, not just in lost goods but also lost sales and business reputation. A quality unit built with quality components helps to ensure there is no downtime or spoilage of the often expensive and time-consuming production of dessert establishments. A quality unit should also feature adjustable temperature gradients, adjustable shelves and internal lighting systems for each shelf so goods can be arranged in a unique eye-catching and appealing manner. The temperature control in cake fridges should be able to be finely tuned to minimise any compromise in the flavor or texture of the product and ensure that cakes remain at the ideal temperature for both preservation and presentation.
Curved Glass or Flat Glass
When it comes to choosing between curved glass and flat glass (square) cake displays there are some considerations and compromises for each style that should be realised. Curved glass units have shelves of different depths which are offset as the display extends up. This makes it great for visual inspection as cakes can be more easily viewed without the shelf above obscuring goods at the rear. The compromise is you will not be able to showcase quite as many goods. Square glass units have the same depth shelf on each level which is great for maximum holding space in high turnover establishments. From an interior design perspective square glass units are considered to be a more minimalist design and so are often the preferred choice as they always look great and even allow for other stock or accessories to be stored on top of the unit.
In a bakery setting the visual appeal of cakes is often as important as their taste. A good showcase fridge acts as a marketing tool to which customers are drawn and encouraged to make a purchase. A good display of cakes allows customers to appreciate the craftsmanship and artistry. They should not just be considered as a piece of functional equipment but businesses should also realise how important a good-looking display contributes to the ambiance and branding to the entire establishment.
On another level showcase fridges play a practical role in inventory management. With a clear view of available cakes, staff can easily monitor stock levels to plan for ordering and restocking, ensuring that there is a consistent choice for customers to choose from. The refrigeration quality aspect of these units is crucial for extending the shelf life and maintaining product freshness and preserving the goods to the highest quality that customers expect.
In cafes, where a selection of cakes and pastries complements the coffee and beverage offerings, showcase fridges enhance the overall customer experience. The aesthetic appeal of a well-arranged display encourages more impulse purchases while waiting for their order.
View Kitchen Setup’s most popular cake showcase fridge units listed below.
Large 4 Tier Curved – Atosa Curved Cake Display Fridge W1700mm – DF177D
Large 4 Tier Square – Cake Fridge Showcase 1700 – WDF177Z
Benchtop Curved – Countertop Showcase Display Fridge 900mm – TY130L
Benchtop Square – Atosa Countertop Cake Showcase Fridge 900mm TF160L